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Juventus Have Joined The Race For This Barcelona Target: Should Setien Make A Move For Him?

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In today’s football world, talents are spotted early as scouts of all the major clubs work overtime in identifying gifted youngsters and bringing them to their team. One such man is Edouard Michut, who has already grabbed the attention of the top teams of different nations.

We had already learnt that Barcelona, Valencia and Manchester City were fighting among themselves for the Paris Saint-Germain starlet amid uncertainty as to who would be able to acquire his signature. Now, according to Marca, Juventus have also joined the race to bring the teenager home, making it more difficult for the Catalan club to lure the French player to Spain.

Who is Edouard Michut?

17-year-old Michut is a prized possession of the French champions whose performances have made the onlookers believe in his prospective success. One striking feature of the young gun is that he plays for the PSG U-19 despite being only 17 years of age, often being the youngest member on the pitch.

He also features regularly for the France U-17 side, and it is expected that sooner rather than later, the PSG man would be integrated into the first team.

Former player Eric Abidal, representing FC Barcelona, speaks at a press conference for the launch of the International Champions Cup, in New York, April 28, 2015. (Photo credit TREVOR COLLENS/AFP via Getty Images)

A central-midfielder by trade, Michut works as the pivot of his team engaging from the middle of the park and creating chances for his teammates with his immaculate passing range. He is also blessed with a good vision and often has been found dictating the tempo of the match. The youngster’s work-rate is something to be proud of and his tendency to snatch away the ball from the feet of the opposition gives his team a considerable advantage at the centre of the pitch.

Why should Setién go for him?

Barca have acquired one of the most promising central midfielders of Europe last term with the signature of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. Although the Dutch player has not performed at the desired level so far, the bets are on him to be a long term successor to Sergio Busquets. However, the other players of the said position, Vidal and Rakitic, are way past their prime and it is only a matter of time before they are moved on.

In this situation, a man like Michut could be an ideal long term prospect for the club. Indeed, he would find himself in the youth team at the beginning, but if the starlet can continue the progress that he has shown in France, it would be a matter of time before he finds himself playing alongside the likes of Messi. When it comes to developing youth products, there can be no better place than La Masia, and it would be a beneficial deal for both the club and the player.

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